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Young Adult from the 2013 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2013-winter-newsletter">2013 Winter Newsletter</a>.

God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant

I spent some time and quite a lot of expletives attempting to write something very nice—something devout—in homage to God Got a Dog, Cynthia Rylant’s book of 16 poems, each one about God (the same God but different) trying on his or her humanity. Instead, I’ll give you a few parts of one poem. And a nod, no, a genuflection, to illustrator Marla Frazee, who knows it’s all in the details. I’d let her do God anytime.

God Got a Desk Job
Just to see what it
would be like.
Made Her back hurt.
...
She could feel the Light
inside Her grow
dimmer and dimmer
and She thought that
if She had to pick
up that phone
one more time
...
The only thing that got
Her through to the
end of the day was
Snickers bars.
She ate thirty-seven.
Plus thinking about the Eagle Nebula
in the constellation Serpens.
That helped.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442465183
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 29th, 2013

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

In all good westerns, place is palpable. Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871 was the site of the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever, a flock covering 850 square miles. The birds in flight darkened the sky, soiled the town like dirty snow, and made wild pigeon pie a staple in most homes. 13-year-old Georgie, living in Placid, is content to help Ma and Grandfather Bolte run the general store. Her older sister, Agatha, on the other hand, yearning to be accepted into a college that would allow a woman student, leaves town. When a body wearing her clothing is found, but in such poor condition that its identity cannot be confirmed, Georgie refuses to believe that her sister is dead, and taking her Springfield rifle (she’s the best shot around), hits the road. One Came Home is a gritty, engrossing mystery/western with superb comic relief that, like last year’s (Newbery Honor) Three Times Lucky, will entertain children and adults alike. Grades 6–9.

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ISBN: 9780375869259
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2013

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Madeline, 14, lives in an attic flat in Cambridge and is dealing with sudden (comparative) poverty and her mother’s odd breaks with reality. Elliot, 15, lives in the kingdom of Cello, a world which could seem almost unbearably pleasant and small-town and kind except for its very weird and color-filled edges—colors attack, seasons roam unpredictably. The two teenagers communicate between their worlds. Isaac Newton, color theory, and the laws of physics, of course, are epistolarily discussed as Elliot inserts a letter into a crack in a concrete sculpture on the school grounds in Cello and Madeline sees the corner of white poking out from the foot of a parking meter in Cambridge. Clever, quirky, charming, comic, sad—you know the list, but this is unlike anything else out there. Grades 7–11.

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ISBN: 9780545397360
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 1st, 2013

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Park is the skinny, half-Korean kid with good taste in music and a propensity to keep to himself. Eleanor is a train wreck with bright red hair, a big body that (some people think) is asking to be teased, and bad juju at home. She’s the new girl at Park’s high school, and it’s not likely that they will ever talk, let alone exchange a Watchmen comic (Park’s) or listen to the same song on one set of headphones (the Smiths). But sometimes what ought to happen does happen, and Park and Eleanor become Eleanor & Park, a love story that flies off the page, with characters so bright with possibility, they become more real than real life. Our favorite book of the year. Grades 8 & up. Don’t miss Rowell’s other excellent and utterly different young adult book, Fangirl, also published this year.

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ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Set in the riotous Carnival atmosphere of postapocalyptic Brazil, this science fiction novel teems with music, art, intrigue, and politics. June comes from the ruling class, but she is determined to make her mark as a politically subversive artist—and that means capturing the attention of the newest Summer Prince. That is, the most beautiful and talented boy selected every cycle to live out one year of hedonistic abandon before his ritual sacrifice cements the true power in the hands of the elderly queen. But June didn’t expect to find this Summer Prince so fascinating, or that she and her best friend, Gil, would become intimately entangled with him, as the brilliant spark of his life flashes before their eyes. Grades 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780545417792
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 1st, 2013

Quintana of Charyn

Quintana is the brilliant final volume of a standout fantasy series that is known for its political world building and its complex chiaroscuro characterization. Shall I mention I fell in love with all the protagonists (of which there are many)? Witty, strange, and sometimes savage, the Lumatere Chronicles are books that long for and ultimately achieve peace, without sacrificing any of our desire to turn the pages faster and faster. Grades 9–12.

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ISBN: 9780763658359
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2013

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